matt ross american horror story 'American Horror Story': The maid, the mad scientist, Ben's wife and his loverThe latest “American Horror Story” episode definitely was not as scary as the first two episodes, but it really added some nice layers to the storylines we’ve seen already and has us curious about several things too.

It turns out the original owner of the house was an alcoholic Dr. Frankenstein who started performing back-alley abortions at the urging of his socialite wife, Nora, to earn extra money. Massive Headwound Nora is now creepily haunting Vivien and her unborn baby.

Speaking of previous owners, the 1983 owners turn out to be a man (Eric Close) and Constance, presumably married. Close sleeps with Moira the maid, then tries to rape her, and they both get shot by Constance for their troubles. Moira is now trapped/tied to the house, as her corpse is buried in the backyard.

Oh, and speaking of the backyard grave (the back graveyard?), Moira has a new buddy – Hayden, who showed up all boil-your-bunny crazy. Burned Man Larry took a page from Willow Rosenberg and beat Hayden to death with a shovel (a vague disclaimer is nobody’s friend).

And the family now has a couple reasons not to leave the house. First off, they can’t really afford it because the Contrivance Investor lost all their money. Secondly, Violet kinda blackmails Vivien into staying, threatening to run away if they leave the house.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • Interesting that they chose to show on-screen the Sal Mineo murder.
  • Love that Burned Man wanted Ben to read from “The Odd Couple” with him.
  • Tate in the window of the house – he’s gotta be the dead son of Constance and Eric Close, right? He looks like them quite a bit.
  • Alby from “Big Love” was creepy enough on “Big Love.” Now he’s a crazy drunk Frankenstein abortion doctor? Poor Matt Ross.
  • Do you think the police officer saw Moira as young and hot or old and scary? I think that could go either way.

What do you think of episode 3, “American Horror Story” fans? And for extra fun, check out our gallery of “American Horror Story” movie references/homages.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."